Tips for Designing Show-Stopping Staircases

Written by: Penny Siml on Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Staircases add drama to any type of home. They can be much more than simply a way to access different floors in your home. They obviously add style to your house, but they can also offer storage and safety features. When you’re planning a staircase, keep the following tips in mind.


You need to carefully consider the size of your staircase. If you have a large family, small children or a number of pets, you'll want a wider one that can safely accommodate all of that traffic. A dramatic narrow staircase can work but for smaller, less-hectic households. Don't forget to consider the landing as well. You'll want enough space there to maneuver and to install safety gates for small children. Also, a roomy landing allows you to create a cozy reading nook or space to display artwork or other treasured items.


Railings are an essential safety element, but they can also add flair to your staircase. If you love the traditional wooden spindles, by all means, embrace that design. You can also choose sleek modern metal handrails or a combination of a metal handrail and glass panels. The style of your staircase and home decor will help dictate your choice as well as your safety needs. Don't overlook the power of your railing choices to make a design statement.


Consider using your staircase for storage. You can easily have closets or storage compartments installed beneath the staircase or built into the side so you don't lose much-needed space for your items. These additions add both visual appeal and practicality.

Pocket Door

Consider installing a pocket half door at the top of your stairs to protect your small children at night. You can secure it once they are safely tucked in, enabling you to sleep easy. Plus, it can help keep your pets from noisily roaming during the wee hours.

General Design

Staircases can be regal, rustic, modern, sophisticated — any style you want them to be. You can create an airy looking staircase that seems to defy gravity or a sweeping number that reminds people of an old movie set. Your options are nearly unlimited when you consult with an experienced custom builder.

A beautiful staircase ensures that your home will never be ordinary. It can be the show-stopping centerpiece to your home's design while also providing safe passage to your family. When designing a home, invest in the design power of a staircase.


When you're ready to pick the staircase to tie the room together and make a bold statement all at the same time, contact our professional design team to get started!



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